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River ThamesThe River Thames, part of the longest river in England, is the waterway that winds its way through the centre of the capital. Once a bustling trade route bringing foreign trade to the city, it's now more commonly used for recreational purposes and the non-conformist commmuter. On the London stretch alone - from Teddinton to Thamesmead - there are 29 bridges that cross it. Of these, London Bridge was the original crossing but Tower Bridge is arguably the most iconic - with its hydraulically operated bascule action splitting the bridge in two, allowing tall ships to pass. A clipper service carries commuters from Woolwich to Waterloo while the Tate to Tate catamaran gives gallery goers a scenic boat trip. The river has long been used for sporting events with annual rowing races like the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and Henley Regatta carried out along its stretch. In Henley, the River & Rowing Museum explores the history of the city's water ways while the Museum of London Docklands in the East End the focus is on the old working docks.

 

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LondonTown.com - River Thames Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Pimlico Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
St James's Park Tube Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Victoria Railway Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
24 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Westminster
 
11 minutes walk
 
Pimlico Masterpark
 
16 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

Further articles featuring River Thames on LondonTown.com

 
February in London 2012

Mine to Medals British Museum, WC1B 3DG 8th February 2011 - 10th September 2012 For some this British Museum exhibition may be as close as they'll get to...

 
 
June in London 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA 2nd June 2012 - 5th June 2012 Queen Lizzy has been sitting pretty on that throne for 60 long years...

 
 
September in London 2012

Mayor's Thames Festival Blackfriars Bridge, EC4V 3QR 8th September 2012 - 9th September 2012 The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place in September each year celebrating the main waterway...

 
 
London Events for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant River Thames, WC2H 7BP Sunday 3rd June 2012 On Sunday 3rd June 2012 The Queen will lead a flotilla of up to one thousand...

 
 
Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Christmas Day Lunch Cruise 4 Fountain Sqaure, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W Christmas Day If the thought of all that turkey-basting and wrapping cocktail sausages in bacon brings you...

 
 
What's on in London 2014

Find out what's happening in London throughout 2014 with our comprehensive guide to the best entertainment in the city for the year ahead. From January through to December, 2014 is shaping up to be something special - so read on to get the best out of London town.

 
THE BEST

Hotels near River Thames

Near River Thames
Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £84  23% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from River Thames
For understated chic this hotel on the banks of the Thames opposite the Tate Britain is a top choice. The rooms are clean and modern and ... More
 
 
 
Plaza on the River Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £126  23% off
18 Albert Embankment, SE1 | 4 minutes from River Thames
Riverside rooms at this modern luxury hotel overlook the River Thames with the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye visible. All apartments features ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Westminster
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  33% off
30 John Islip Street, SW1P | 5 minutes from River Thames
Leave the laptop at home - every room at this hotel comes with its own Apple iMac. Across the river from the MI6 building, it's a ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Whitehall
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Westminster, Westminster, London SW1A | 20 minutes from River Thames
Whitehall is a historic London street with runs from Parliament Square at Westminster to Trafalgar Square. The street is recognised as the centre of the British ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Horse Guards Parade
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A | 21 minutes from River Thames
Horse Guards Parade is the setting for various military ceremonies throughout the year including the Trooping the Colour which marks the Queen's official birthday. At the ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Trafalgar Square
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Central London, Westminster, London WC2N | 25 minutes from River Thames
Lord Nelson, Britain's greatest military hero, and the mighty lions that surround him, pay testament to the position of Trafalgar Square at the heart of the ... More
 
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near River Thames

The best museums, galleries, attractions near River Thames
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Tate Britain
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Gasworks
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
155 Vauxhall Street, Kennington, London SE11 | 9 minutes from River Thames
Gasworks serves a dual purpose: as a location for 12 artists' studios and as host to up to six exhibitions a year. Emphasis is placed on ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Garden Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from River Thames
Situated in the restored church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames, the Garden Museum provides an insight into ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Events near River Thames

Near River Thames
Today Only
Sheaffer Sunday Matinees With Lucy Parham
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Sunday 23rd November 2014 - 3pm
St John's Smith Square, Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 9 minutes from River Thames
The pianist performs works by Chopin. Includes a post-concert Q&A session hosted by Radio 3's Sean Rafferty, and readings from the letters and diaries of Chopin ...More
 
 
 
Ends Today
Dialogue present Talking/Making/Taking Part: A Festival Of Theatre And Discussion
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November 2014 - 10am-5pm
Oval House, 54 Kennington Oval, Kennington, SE11 | 13 minutes from River Thames
Let's talk about theatre and society. Let's make performances and discuss new ideas together....More
 
 
 
Today Only
Yevgeny Sudbin Recital
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Sunday 23rd November 2014 - 4pm-6pm
Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis Street, SW1P | 13 minutes from River Thames
...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near River Thames

Near River Thames
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Above The Stag Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Arch 17, Miles Street, SW8 | 9 minutes from River Thames
Above the Stag Theatre, one of London's most successful small theatres, re-opens in a brand new venue on 29th November 2013, in a renovated railway ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
St John's Smith Square
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P | 9 minutes from River Thames
Situated in the heart of Westminster, this stunning 18th century church was designed by architect Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. It is considered one of ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Westminster Cathedral
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
42 Francis Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 13 minutes from River Thames
Neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic church. London’s only example of neo-Byzantine architecture and principal Roman Catholic Church, offers a magnificent campanile that emerges 274 feet into the sky. While ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Sights and Attractions near River Thames

The best museums, galleries, attractions near River Thames
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Tate Britain
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Gasworks
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
155 Vauxhall Street, Kennington, London SE11 | 9 minutes from River Thames
Gasworks serves a dual purpose: as a location for 12 artists' studios and as host to up to six exhibitions a year. Emphasis is placed on ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Garden Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Lambeth Palace Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 9 minutes from River Thames
Situated in the restored church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the River Thames, the Garden Museum provides an insight into ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Shopping near River Thames

The best shops and markets near River Thames
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Lassco House & Garden
London > Shopping > House and Garden
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, Battersea, London SW8 | 6 minutes from River Thames
Architectural salvage produces the most gloriously mismatched collection of pieces, all housed in this disused church. Stock changes constantly; look for anything from stuffed animals to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cornucopia
London > Shopping > Clothing
12 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London SW1V | 13 minutes from River Thames
This prized vintage shop, in business for 40 years and bursting at the seams with a mixed bag of period clothing, is sadly closing down. Due ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
William Curley, Harrods
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X | 13 minutes from River Thames
The William Curley chocolate empire continues to swell with the opening of the patissier and chocolatier's latest concession in Harrods. Curley has worked with ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near River Thames

What are the best dining options near River Thames London?
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain gets its name from the specially commissioned Rex Whistler mural, 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats', which provides ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Madeira Patisserie
London > Restaurants > Mediterranean restaurants
46A Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 | 3 minutes from River Thames
... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Chino Latino
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, , Lambeth, London SE1 | 4 minutes from River Thames
... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Education near River Thames

Near River Thames
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Chocolate Films Ltd
London > Education >
Units 1 & 2 119-123 Hackford Road, SW9 | 23 minutes from River Thames
Chocolate Films is a South London based film production company and social enterprise which runs a wide variety of media courses including stop motion animation, light ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal College of Art, Dyson Building
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Hester Road, SW11 | 37 minutes from River Thames
The £21 million Dyson Building makes up the largest part of the purpose-built Battersea campus of the prestigious Royal College of Art. Located at 1 Hester ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 37 minutes from River Thames
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Leisure near River Thames

River Thames gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Surrey County Cricket Club
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
The Brit Insurance Oval, Kennington, Kennington, London SE11 | 13 minutes from River Thames
While Lords is the spiritual home of English cricket, it is The Oval (offically The Brit Insurance Oval), home of Surrey County Cricket Club, that fills ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Kia Oval Cricket Ground
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
Harleyford Street, Kennington, London SE11 | 13 minutes from River Thames
Though it does not have quite the same kudos as Lord's, The Kia Oval (known so because of a sponsorship deal, but usually referred to simply ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Urban Retreat at Harrods
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
5th Floor, Harrods, Westminster, London SW1X | 13 minutes from River Thames
Surely one of the most desirable places to spoil yourself rotten - the Urban Retreat flagship spa sits ever so prettily on the top floor of ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Pubs near River Thames

The best pubs near London River Thames.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Duchy Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
63 Sancroft Street, SE11 | 11 minutes from River Thames
Gastropub... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Fentiman Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
64 Fentiman Road, Kennington, London SW8 | 12 minutes from River Thames
The Fentiman Arms is a special pub in Lambeth a cricket ball's throw way from The Oval. They have a lovely wild garden out the back, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Two Chairmen Public House
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Dartmouth Street, SW1H | 16 minutes from River Thames
Two minutes away from Parliament Square and the Cabinet warm rooms, the Two Chairmen Public House is an olde worlde pub that retains a number of ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Nightlife near River Thames

River Thames clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Fire
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, Lambeth, London SW8 | 7 minutes from River Thames
London's biggest and best gay venue, Fire hosts a cluster of different club nights including more and more straight-friendly one-off parties over the weekends. Newly redesigned ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
South London Pacific
London > Nightlife > Bars
340 Kennington Road, Kennington, London SE11 | 12 minutes from River Thames
Ten minutes from the nearest tube, in a drab and ugly corner of Oval, sits one of the most surreal nightlife experiences you can have in ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Tapster
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
3 Brewers Green, Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1H | 15 minutes from River Thames
Wine Bar ... More
 
 
 
THE BEST

Meeting venue hire near River Thames

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near River Thames.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Tate Britain
London > Business > Venue Hire
Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P | 2 minutes from River Thames
Conference facilities can accomodate up to 1550 people.... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from River Thames
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. Originally built in ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Emmanuel Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P | 10 minutes from River Thames
Located in the heart of Westminster, the Emmanuel Centre is a distinctive Grade II listed building designed by renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker. The Centre houses ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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BP Spotlight: Marlow Moss
Exhibitions | Until 22nd March 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Paintings, reliefs and sculptures primarily concerned with an interrogation of space, movement and light by the constructivist artist Marlow Moss....More

Karen Knorr: BP Spotlight
Exhibitions | Until 29th March 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Exhibition bringing together two series of work which combine image and text exploring patriarchal values in the upper middle classes ...More

David Tremlett: Drawing For Free Thinking
Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2016 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

A large-scale wall drawing consisting of bold blocks of colour and clean lines that are inspired by traditional styles of ...More

The Turner Prize 2014
The Turner Prize 2014
Exhibitions | Until 4th January 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Set up in 1984, the Tate's Turner Prize has been courting controversy ever since. The most ...More

 
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner: Painting Set Free
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner: Painting Set Free
Exhibitions | Until 25th January 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Well timed to coincide with the movie of Turner, this major survey of the last works of the influential British ...More

 
BP Spotlight: William Hogarth
Exhibitions | Until 26th April 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Marking the 250th anniversary of the death of the British artist, this display will feature a number of his paintings, ...More

Olafur Eliasson: Turner Colour Experiments
Exhibitions | Until 25th January 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Olafur Eliasson has studied seven paintings by Turner to create these colour experiments, which isolate and record Turner's use of ...More

BP Spotlights: 'Poor Man's Picture Gallery': Victorian Art And Stereoscopic Photography
Exhibitions | Until 12th April 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

A selection of three-dimensional photographic images known as stereographs, a style make famous in the 19th century, and featuring ordinary ...More

William Hazlitt: Through The Eyes Of A Critic
Exhibitions | Until 5th April 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

This display looks at works by artists including Joshua Reynolds, David Wilkie and JMW Turner through the eyes of the ...More

David Hall: TV Interruptions
Exhibitions | Until 29th March 2015 

Tate Britain 2 minutes walk from River Thames

Installation in which the videos are shown on seven randomly clustered monitors where viewing is interrupted as sound and image ...More

 
 
 
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